In 1898, when C.C (Clinton Cyrus) Campbell bought the original property for $400 in the late 19th century, the seller said he “sold a sand dune to a sucker.”
After opening its doors in 1901, the Chelan Hotel (as the Campbell’s Resort was called then) accommodated all walks of pioneer life, from teamsters and prospectors to homesteaders and tourist, and C.C and Caroline served each with trademark hospitality. They left their hotel to their only son Arthur, who returned and expanded the business after attending the University of Washington and serving in World War I.
Arthur’s two sons (Dan and Art) continued this legacy and joined the family business in 1946 after returning from World War II. Arthur sold each of them half-ownership in 1961, and the brothers helped buoy Lake Chelan into the summertime destination it is today. Over the next 30 years, Dan and Art expanded their hotel into a resort with three lodges, two swimming pools, a restaurant and lounge.
In 1989 Art’s son (Arthur III) and Dan’s son (Clint) assumed management of Campbell’s Resort. With a goal to become a year-round destination for friends and family, Campbell's Resort has added more guest rooms, conference facilities and full-service day spa.
Heading into their 112th year in business, the Campbell family is grateful to host fifth generation guests, they are equally proud to know that Campbell’s Resort will be operated by their own fifth generation. Art III’s sons (Tom and Eric) are now assisting with day-to-day operation for the eight-acre, 170-room, full-service, conference center resort. With their heritage and passion for hospitality, the Campbell family is uniquely qualified to continue their legacy on beautiful Lake Chelan.